Cambridge Street Code

Rules and Etiquette for Getting There Together
12/21/20167 years ago

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The Street Code is a resource for everyone. Whether you walk, bike, drive, or use public transportation, you play an active role in the transportation system. In order for this system to function well, each person must follow the rules, pay attention, and be patient and courteous. Simple!

The Street Code is made up of five main sections: Rules of the Road, Reduce Risk: Be Alert, Reduce Risk: Be Predictable, Responsibility, Respect Others. Check it out and take a look at the visuals demonstrating how to use the various different kinds of infrastructure on the streets in Cambridge!

Let’s give each other a break, be a little more patient, and remember that we are all trying to get somewhere safely. With more people biking and walking and with a constant flow of new students, new drivers, and new cyclists, it’s important to remember these main themes of the Street Code.

  1. Slow down. The faster you travel, the higher the risk of crash and death. Is beating that yellow light really worth injuring someone, losing your job, or going to jail? Take a breath and slow down.
  2. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Imagine what it would feel like to be in their position. Don’t assume the worst. Maybe they don’t know the rules and norms of the road. Maybe they looked, but didn’t see you. Be the person you want to see on the streets.
  3. It’s not about you. It’s about all of us. We are all trying to safely get somewhere. Let’s go out into the world trusting that we can come back alive and uninjured.

We hope you enjoy!

For More Information

For more information on the Cambridge Street Code, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at 617/349-4671 or

For more information on Vision Zero, please contact Brooke McKenna at 617/349-4723 or You can also visit